Monday, March 26, 2012


By Amoo (click to view Original on Flickr)

"Procrastination. What does that word really mean? It means you are doing something you like to do because you don’t want to do something you don’t like to do.

"Hmmm, that sounds pretty good to me!

"But….but….what if you have to do the other thing. The thing you are avoiding. DON’T YOU HAVE TO?

"When a baby touches an oven it pulls its finger back and says “OW!” It learns not to do it again. Physical suffering is a great teacher. The same thing happens with emotional or mental suffering. We say “OW!” but we forget to learn not to do it again. Procrastination is a way of telling us what is causing us emotional and mental suffering.

"If you feel yourself procrastinating, shift directions a little bit. You don’t have to go 180 degrees on us. Go 10 degrees off-course at first. Think of things in a slightly different way. Then go 20 degrees. Try it on. See how it feels."
~ James Altucher, from Be Honest With Me

1 comment:

MikeOdd said...

Taking a different tack. To come off a heading, while sailing (a boat with sails), where you make adjustments to the sails to keep moving forward but perhaps with a little more or less lean or speed. (I see a metaphorical change in perspective, though it is probably not a good idea to procrastinate while solo sailing.)
- B